Our Favorite Fictional Women in STEM

February 11 marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a UN-designated day designed to address gender equity in STEM fields and improve access to science for women and girls. . Women have long been underrepresented in science, engineering, technology and math fields, and those who receive less funding and have fewer opportunities than their male counterparts.

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous released a statement saying, “We need to implement the principle of equality to make science work for women, because too often it works against them”, adding that “Science derives from the universal curiosity that makes us human, asking the questions that are common to us all. We urgently need it to build more inclusive, transformative and accountable science and technology ecosystems, free from bias and discrimination.

And the lack of women in STEM extends to representation in pop culture. So the Mary Sues sat down to discuss our favorite fictional women in science. And while these women are characters, who knows how many real women have been inspired to pursue scientific studies after watching these performances.

Rachel Leishman:

Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) has changed the game for women in multiple ways. She was strong and passionate while being a character in which we could all find aspects of ourselves, and she inspired a whole generation of women to pursue a field of science. A paleobotanist in jurassic park movies, Sattler stood out with Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) and survived by using her wits and training to escape the park safely with everyone and that made her an icon for so many of us. We can’t wait to see her again Jurassic World: Dominion.

Alyssa Shotwell:

Animation Symmetra Play of the Game in Overwatch.  (Picture: Blizzard.)

Instead of trying to narrow down one of my favorite comic books and their adaptations – I’ll go with Symmetra from Monitoring. While I stopped playing Monitoring (for a number of reasons) towards the end of 2020, the Neutral Scientist has a special place in my heart. She is an architect who masters light, which would place her in the civil engineering space, but she also focuses on the laboratory space. Even with all of its changes from open beta to when I stopped playing, Sym’s kit was still fun and really challenged me. I’m pretty sure I have around 800 hours of gameplay on his character alone. Now in Mountain peakI play Rempart whose voices are interpreted by the same actress who plays Sym — Anjali Bhimani.

Princess Weekes:

Poison Ivy is my favorite because she uses science to actively protect the planet. Although I don’t condone his actions, I appreciate the energy. A lot of people aren’t about this life, but one thing we can say for sure is that Dr. Pamela Lilian Isley is ride or die for planet earth.

Lea Marilla Thomas:

Claire Temple, played by Rosario Dawson in daredevilhas used his nursing skills to rescue many serious superheroes from a scratch on daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Defenders, and iron fist… but it is in Luke Cage that she becomes a mad scientist. If you’re watching Marvel’s Netflix Originals for the first time, don’t sleep on Claire!

Kaila Hale-Stern:

The revelation about Into the Spider-Verse Doctor Olivia Octavius ​​- her friends call her Liv, her haters call her Doc Ock – was one of my favorite parts of Into the Spider-Verse, which is already a perfect film. Originally introduced as a harmless doctor, we soon learn that the brilliant Liv has another side – an evil side – and a few extra arms. This intriguing scientist is exquisitely voiced by Kathryn Hahn, who would become everyone’s favorite. Wanda Vision intriguing witch next door. AND she has beautiful hair?!? Icon.

Viviane Kane:

One of the coolest things about Black Panther (both the movie and the comics) is that the person responsible for driving technological advancements in Wakanda, the most scientifically advanced civilization on the planet, is 16-year-old Shuri. There is a major representational gap when it comes to seeing black women and girls in STEM represented on screen and Shuri – a brilliant, fierce and hilarious scientist – has had a very inspiring impact on the public. (One that not even actress Letitia Wright’s anti-science tweets can completely mitigate.)

Chelsea Steiner:

Will I ever stop capping Ghostbusters: Answer the Call? Not today, ghoul friends! The underrated entry into the Ghostbusters canon gave us four kickass women in STEM, but my heart will always belong to Dr. Jillian Holtzmann. Kate McKinnon delivers a stellar performance as the band’s engineer, weapons designer, and Pringles enthusiast. I can’t help but wonder what a Ghostbusters crossover would look like with Holtzmann framing young Phoebe Spengler (Mckenna Grace) from Ghostbusters: Afterlife. And a special shout out goes to Sigourney Weaver, for her appearance as Holtzmann’s mentor, Dr. Rebecca Gorin. Security lights are for guys!

And an honorable mention must go to Cosima Niehaus (Tatiana Maslany) and Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) from black orphan. Cosima is a graduate student and Project Leda clone studying evolutionary developmental biology (“evo-devo”), who meets and falls in love with scientist (and overseer) Delphine. Delphine quickly abandons her duty of surveillance to help Cosima research and develop a cure for the genetic disease that afflicts the clones. The two reunite, break up, fake their deaths, save their lives, and end up being one of the longest running couples on the show.

Who makes your list of favorite fictional women in STEM? Let us know in the comments!

(photo: Universal Pictures)

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